|Dancer Candy Johnson performing with the Exciters.|
In recent months I have received emails from a relative of Candy Johnson after this relative had read a blog post I wrote about my remembrances of Candy Johnson from last February 2, 2011. This relative was kind enough recently to share some of Candy's personal photographs and memorabilia with me that I could share on my blog. One can imagine how thrilled I was to receive these precious photos and clippings. Two very special photos of Candy were for me personally, not to be shared on the internet. What a special and treasured gift! I had always been a fan of the dancer Candy Johnson after seeing her perform in Beach Party with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. (At the end of this blog post, please click on my link to read my previous Candy Johnson blog post) Candy's niece wanted Candy's fans to know she "is really flattered that people still remember her aunt and wants to thank them all for keeping that era alive and her contribrution to it."
For those fans wondering what happened to her, she would just like to say after her career ended, her life did not. She has enjoyed living a quiet but fulfilling life enjoying the things she loves and being with her family. She never remarried after Red her manager but has many friends with whom she spends her time. She still loves to dance, although at her age she doesn't twist anymore but loves a good slow dance every now and then.
|Candy celebrating 400 hours of dancing at the|
El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs.
|A smiling and dancing Candy with the Exciters. Could|
she ever WoW a crowd!
|A magazine article about Candy performing|
in Muscle Beach Party, 1964.
Thanks again to the niece who graciously sent me the photographs and other memorabilia of her aunt. Candy's niece also has this message for me to share with all the Candy Johnson fans:
Thanks for keeping my aunt alive in your blogs, she got a raw deal in life and when I told her about you and all her other fans she was absolutely thrilled. So Thank You and your other bloggers, you can pass that along.
|A detail from the above magazine article. What a description of Candy,|
the writer referring to her as this "Phenomenon of the Century".
|Candy started taking tap dancing lessons|
while in high school.
|Candy giving an up close dancing demonstration.|
One-of-a-kind, I can't imagine anyone else
being able to dance like Candy.
|Candy performing with the Exciters on Halloween 1963.|
|Candy between takes of filming|
on the set of one of the beach movies.
Notice the onlookers in the background.
Here is my favorite YouTube of Candy dancing. Crank up
the sound and get ready to smile.
Please take a moment to see my original blog post posted last February, 2011, by clicking on the link below. In it I shared
some remembrances of Candy Johnson:
I like what "Drew" said in the comments on my previous Candy Johnson post: "If you are not grinning from ear to ear after watching Candy dance, my friend ... something inside you is broken.
I could not agree more, Drew!
♥ We all love you, Candy Johnson! ♥